Wednesday Night Oils

So here we go again! I’ve skipped last week’s stuff. The drawing class for the first couple weeks is super rudimentary, important for me but boring to look at 🙂 For the painting class, we have two models and mine didn’t show last week, so I just practiced on the other one. However, this week he was present and I got in a decent session.

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Once again have to reiterate how great the instructor is, and how effective her method of doing a measured geometric drawing is! During a break I snapped a quick WIP pic so you could see something of the process. It starts out very slowly, just building the outer form and getting a feel for the proportions. Slowly building up the measurements and angles until the rough form is in. Then going in and refining things, adding the tiniest bit of detail, mostly to better check the measurements and placement.

Then blocking in the shadow forms and done. Since I was a week behind, I kind of skipped around a bit, but in an informed way, adding a little detail and shadow to help me see some negative spaces (building on some of the still life work I’m doing).

The drawing could use another hour or so of refinement, but I think I’ll go ahead and transfer it to canvas over the weekend and fix anything (the lips for sure) in paint. That way I’ll be ahead of the game a bit, by a half a class over last semester!

2 Replies to “Wednesday Night Oils”

  1. I really enjoyed your last portrait. Looking forward to this. I found the beginning of one I started in high school – a portraits class, but I dropped the class and stuck the canvas board in a closet. No longer have the photo I used as the model either. Whoops. At least I can always paint over it, right?

    1. Cool, I’m glad you’re enjoying this! I’m also wicked tense and nervous when starting, because it looks so bad for so long and so much time is spent making and correcting mistakes (and then painting over those corrections and having to re-correct that…). But every now and again in a project it hits a point where it’s really rewarding, and that happened last night. Probably the last time until I get some decent skin tones or details going.

      And you could always just find a similarly lit photo reference and ‘finish’ the ‘portrait’ 🙂

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